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Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Ellen Cheshire

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book offers a series of case studies that throw light on the type of films that are collectively known as bio-pics. It asks whether the bio-pic is a genre in its own right, or whether such films ... More


Epilogue

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This epilogue presents some brief, final thoughts. It states that like all other genres, bio-pics will continue to intrigue and fascinate; some will be great successes, and others will fail. But ... More


Introduction: A Life in Pictures

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the dearth of critical writing on the bio-pic despite their incredible popularity both at the box office and at award ceremonies. There are ... More


The Sound of Music: Singers and Musicians Take Centre Stage

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The narrative structure of music bio-pics can be seen as offering a contradiction to other emotion-driven dramas. In principle, the purpose of a narrative is to get from the beginning to the end of a ... More


Hollywoodland: Actors and Directors as Portrayed by Actors and Directors

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Audiences have long been fascinated with Hollywood as a dream factory. Filmmakers have responded to this by producing films about their own industry. The more successful films are those that explore ... More


Prick Up Your Ears: Now a Word on Writers

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Among all the creative arts, writing is the one that directors often find difficult to convey on screen. Films on the lives of real writers tend to downplay the actual act of writing and focus ... More


Through the Eyes of a Painter: The Art of the On-screen Artist

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The lives of artists depicted on film imply that if you are creatively blessed then you will also be emotionally scarred. Many times, filmmakers fail to balance thenotion of the art with the idea of ... More


A Winner Never Quits: The Powerful Force of Sporting Biographies

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The more successful sports bio-pics seem to be those where the sporting figure has challenged the system, or overcome great adversity to become the legends they are. Narratives driven on the premise ... More


Awakenings: Voices from the Ivory Towers of Academia

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

From the 1930s to the 1950s, scientists, academics, and technologists were portrayed as “heroes” working to make the world a safer, better place. In most recent years, such films have tended to offer ... More


Into the Storm: The Politics of Political Bio-pics

Ellen Cheshire

in Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172059
eISBN:
9780231850681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyzes films that focus on three contrasting politicians: Richard Nixon, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela. Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon (2008) combines both the importance of Nixon pre- ... More


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